Following is a summary of key information, updated daily, related to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and impacts in Watauga County and surrounding areas. Visit wataugademocrat.com/covid19 for additional coverage on the virus and its impacts. For editorial tips and questions, email editor@wataug… Read more

The following information is courtesy of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

RALEIGH — The number of North Carolina residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 3,221 as of 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, with 354 people hospitalized with the virus, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, th…

Hazel Tate, 105, of Blowing Rock, N.C., passed away April 1, 2020.

Raymond Egger, 77, of Roan Mountain, TN., passed away April 2, 2020.

James M. “Jim” Cameron, 69, of Flat Top Road, Blowing Rock, N.…

During the past two weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper and local officials have imposed a regulatory regime of increasing severity on North Carolinians. Their stated goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so the number of cases requiring hospitalization won’t shoot far above the maximum capacity of hosp…

The message below is one you’ve probably seen not only on the front page of your Watauga Democrat but similarly on the front pages of other newspapers across North Carolina. The reason for that is the reason for the message itself: We are all in this together.

A recent report by Chris Stewart has shed new light on some of the educational problems faced by black youth. The report is titled “The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunity for All.” Stewart is a self-described liberal and CEO…

I feel obligated to introduce a countervailing voice to some of the recent opinion pieces published here that have been critical of contemporary progressive politics. It is not my intention to direct any insults at individuals or to demean another’s beliefs. I do feel that I must point out t…